Utah, in the United States, is a snowboarder’s dream, thanks to high altitudes, powdery snow, expansive views, and mountain trails to challenge even the most experienced skiers.
Utah gets 500 inches of snow per year thanks to the lake effect from the Great Salt Lake, creating deep yet super-light snow for consistently ideal conditions. Utah resorts claim the title “The Greatest Snow On Earth,” a slogan appearing on bumper stickers for decades.
I cannot recommend going to these resort enough! They have something for everyone of all skill levels.
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Boarders may be most familiar with Park City, where skiers enjoy great nightlife, shopping, and dining after visiting Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and The Canyons.
A different taste of Utah’s ski offerings is in Cottonwood Canyon, divided into “big” and “little” areas. Based in southern Utah near the Grand Staircase Escalante Mountains, the area offers wilderness terrain, canyon views, and rock formations along the route to its snow peaks.
Brighton Ski Resort
In Big Cottonwood Canyon, try Brighton Ski Resort. With its highest summit reaching 10,500 feet and 1050 skiable acres, skiers have a wide – and deep – area to play in.
Brighton features 66 well-groomed trails, night skiing, a ski and snowboard school, a terrain park, and six lifts of different styles. Hat tip to the Pro Shop, they hooked me up with a great new pair of snowboard boots. If your looking for some new boots, you will find some good ideas here.
The Brighton Lodge offers basic hotel and dining accommodations, including ski in/ski out access. The nearby Silver Fork Lodge & Restaurant offers free shuttle service to the base of the resort. Mount Majestic Properties can help visitors locate other rental properties.
Solitude Mountain Resort
Also in Big Cottonwood Canyon is Solitude Mountain Resort. Some 12 miles up the canyon, the area has a more remote feel. Like Brighton, it has immaculately tended trails, powder glades, and Nordic trails among its 88 runs, serviced by eight different lifts.
Some 40 percent of its trails are devoted to intermediate level skiers, with 10 percent for beginners, 36 percent for advanced, and 14 percent for double black diamond experts.
The Inn at Solitude is a full-service hotel on site, with several other condominium complexes nearby, including the Powderhorn Lodge, the Eagle Springs East and West lodges, and more. Visitors can choose from Southwestern grill, rustic Italian, fine French, and plain old American fare at a range of dining establishments. The black diamonds here are tough! I broke one of my bindings and upgraded to Burton Cartels.
Snowbird Ski Resort
In Little Cottonwood Canyon, near the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, try Snowbird Ski Resort. A classic upscale Utah snow adventure, Snowbird has 2,500 acres of skiable terrain with signature powdery snow.
A total of 169 runs, 27 percent graded beginner and 14 percent for experts, the resort caters to all levels of snowboarders at high altitudes, with its steepest summit reaching 11,00 feet. A Mountain School for ski instruction, a Wastach Adaptive Sports program, a child care camp, and the Cliffside Spa round the amenities.
The Cliff Lodge hotel, which offers ski in/ski out access as well as dining, shopping, and a spa, was remodeled for this past ski season; several contemporary condominium complexes are also available. Diners can expect gourmet and casual dining choices in town. Snowbird is also down the road from Alta Mountain, another popular skiing locale.